Janet Hanley

Janet Hanley

Dr Janet Hanley

Reader/ Principal Research Fellow


I have a clinical background in community nursing and community service development. I also worked in NHS research management in NHS Lothian for many years developing systems for research governance and research opportunities for NHS staff including developing a clinical academic research careers scheme for Nurses, Midwives and Allied health Professionals.

I maintained academic links throughout my NHS career and having held part time seconded and honorary research fellowships at University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University, I returned to Edinburgh Napier on a part time basis in 2013.

My research interests include the interface between self-care and health care and the introduction of new technologies into health care. My main research focus has been the use of telehealth in personal health maintenance and the management of long term conditions in primary care, but my interest in the introduction of new technologies into healthcare has also extended to acute care settings including neonatal units, critical care and admission of the elderly to hospital.



Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • HMHM/ BHF Hypertension Management in Primary Care Project Steering Group
  • Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit HSRU management committee
  • Lothian TEC fund BP monitoring in Primary Care service implementation group
  • SHARE (Scottish Health Research Volunteer Register) – National Management Committee Member
  • Lothian NMAHP Research Strategy Management committee
  • Lothian Clinical Academic Research Careers Scheme management board
  • Scottish School of Primary Care National Operational Group – external panel member/ advisor


Conference Activity

  • An Innovation Civic Challenge: Healthy Ageing


Editorial Activity

  • BMC Family Practice – Associate Editor


Fellowships and Awards

  • The RCGP Research Paper of the Year Award 2014: Effectiveness of telemonitoring integrated into existing clinical services on hospital admission for exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: researcher blind, multicentre, randomised controlle


Grant Funding Panel Member

  • Edinburgh and Lothian Health Foundation Research Awards Committee member


Invited Speaker

  • “Telemonitoring in Primary Care” Nursing in Practice Scotland, Glasgow 2016
  • "How to assess clinical outcomes of telemedicine - the pros and cons of randomized controlled trials" European Telemedicine Society Conference, Oslo 2016
  • “Inspiring and stimulating innovation in Scotland” Telehealth and Telecare Glasgow 2015
  • Invited panellist Telehealth and Telecare, Edinburgh 2014
  • “Telemonitoring in COPD: a leap forward?” Royal College of Physicians: Point of care testing - disruptive innovation - is the NHS ready for it?
  • “Telemonitoring in Primary Care” Scottish School of Primary Care Annual Conference: environmental influences on health. Inverness
  • “Telemonitoring in Primary Care” Scottish School of Primary Care Annual Conference: environmental influences on health. Inverness


Media Activity

  • Here’s looking at you, kid: how webcams help parents bond with premature babies
  • Cabinet Secretary visit to ‘Scale up BP’ project, Boroughloch Medical practice http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/health/text-pilot-to-reduce-gp-burden-1-3973459


Research Degree External Examining

  • External PhD examiner, University of the West of Scotland
  • PhD external Examiner, University of Stirling


Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • A feasibility study to identify an effective method of providing feedback and remote monitoring of physical activity in stroke survivors. April 2016 – December 2017, Co-applicant. Edinburgh and Lothian Health Foundation
  • MyLittleOne: use of live video streaming from neonatal unit to mothers in post natal ward. April 2015 – March 2016 - Co Applicant £70,898, Digital Health Institute
  • Lothian Clinical Academic Careers Scheme, Exploring the use of telehealth in weight management. 2 Phd studentships to be held at QMU September 2013 - September 2019. Co- applicant, supervising one student
  • Development and validation of the 4AT: a new rapid screening tool for delirium.November 2012 – November 2017, Co-applicant. £839,226, National Institute for Health Research
  • PEGASO: Development and testing of telehealth system using internet gaming approach.December 2013 – May 2017. Co-applicant 8,934,000 euros. European Union FP7
  • ‘Light Touch’ telemonitoring for people with COPD in Lothian.October 2012 – April 2014, co-applicant £78,568, Edinburgh and Lothian Health Foundation
  • Development and evaluation of strategies to improve quality of sedation in intensive care (DESIST Study). September 2011 – December 2014 Co-applicant, £424,999. CSO plus GE Healthcare
  • The use of global position satellite tracking in wandering patients with dementia: feasibility study. September 2011 – August 2012, Co-applicant £46,000 . CSO
  • A pilot study on the feasibility of creating and using a Scottish Population Health Research Register October 2010 – September 2011 Co-applicant, £49,076. CSO
  • Telemetric supported self-monitoring of long-term illness.June 2008- July 2014 Co-applicant, £983,330. CSO Applied Research Programme Grant
  • The assessment of vulnerability in public health nursing practice: a user-centred exploration, with a focus on the Lothian Child Concern Model 1/9/2008 – 31/8/2009 Co-applicant £24,464• NHS Lothian CSO Health Services research programme
  • The acceptability to Patients and Professionals of a system of remote blood pressure monitoring using mobile phone based telemetry. Co-applicant, May 2007 – Dec 2007, £9556. RCGP
  • How do intermittent self-monitored blood pressures and GP surgery-based blood pressures compare to 24 hour ambulatory monitoring? Co-applicant, 1 June 2005 – 31 May 2006 £14,605. CSO
  • An analysis of the experience of parenthood and of the health visiting service from the perspectives of Pakistani and Chinese mothers of young children. Co-applicant, 1 April 2005 – 30 June 2006, £19,055 . CSO
  • A pilot randomised controlled trial to assess the impact on blood pressure control of empowering patients to become involved in their own blood pressure management. Co- applicant September 2002 – January 2004 £4462 . CSO
  • Evaluation of outcome measures for use in urinary incontinence. Co-applicant. January 1996 – March 1998 £37,850. CSO

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • PhD supervision Elizabeth McAnally (QMU)